Now that the Steelers have fallen to 5-7 after their Thanksgiving loss to the Baltimore Ravens, they're in a position that will require them to win out to claim the second wild card position. Cincinnati, on the other hand, is inching closer to their third AFC North title in nine seasons.
The question has become, would the Bengals and Steelers, who are scheduled to meet on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 15, be flexed out for a better game on the schedule?
Fox protected the Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys while CBS protected the New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins. At that point, the only possibilities were the Cardinals at Titans, Jets at Panthers and Rams at Saints. Otherwise the weekend is filled with lop-sided matches.
According to Mark Kaboly with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the game won't be flexed out of its spot as the Sunday Night Football game that week.
There's a possibility that the Bengals could also be flexed into the Sunday Night game for week 17, as Cincinnati hosts the Baltimore Ravens. There's always the chance that the game could decide the AFC North champion, but at the very least, it could have postseason implications for both teams -- the Bengals improving their seeding and the Ravens trying to earn a berth.